I posted a reply in another DVC thread a few days ago and didn’t get much feedback, but I basically said I didn’t understand all the negative reaction to DVC, or the feeling from many other posters that you are somehow a moron if you enjoyed it.
I whole-heartedly agree that Brown’s writing style leaves alot to be desired, and it was downright grating at times, but I still found the whole premise of the story fascinating. It was one of the things that prompted me to read more books on early Christianity, because, yes, it is moronic to get your religious philosophy from a novel. I knew right away that he was wrong about certain things, (the Council of Nicea) but dead right about others (the demonization and incorporation of the Pagan symbols into Christianity).
For sure, novels are largely meant to entertain, but if they spark curiosity and pique the interest on a certain subject, then I wouldn’t be so quick to throw out the baby with the bath water. Just because Gone With the Wind is a work of fiction doesn’t mean the Civil War didn’t happen.
I am a College Instructor in the deep South, and I am only recently, after sitting in church for all of my 40 years, finding out that such things as the Nag Hammadi texts and the Mary Magdelene Cult even exist. If anything, Dan Brown’s book, with all it’s limitations, is getting alot of people in my circle talking about many things they never would have otherwise. I find it more refreshing than you can believe.
I haven’t read A&D, because DVC didn’t make me want to read anything else by Dan Brown, it just made me want to read more about the evolution of western religion. There are many other authors that I think could be writing better books on the same subjects.